CRESTON NEWS
Creston California

October 18,  2020

      The 2020 National Election is here! 

Ballots were mailed in early October. If you're a registered voter in SLO County, you can track your ballot at https://californiaballottrax.net/voter/ It should show where in the system your ballot is, and when it's received by the elections office.

You can cast your vote:
- by dropping it in the mail anytime between now and Nov. 3 (election day). The ballot envelop has prepaid, proper postage on it already, according to County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong. Ballots must be received by the elections office within 17 days of the election.
- any time between now and election day at the regular book drop at Creston Library (or any of the other official drop boxes you'll see listed on the back of the yellow Vote By Mail Instructions sheet included with your ballot). There won't be special boxes as you may have seen on the news for other counties. Just use the regular book drop. Deputized county employees will be checking teh box at regular intervals through election day. This box is available 24/7.
- Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at ANY of the county's 23 voter services centers (formerly called "polling places"). No more designated polling places. If you're Paso or Atascadero or SLO for work or errands, you can swing in to any center. Mr. Gong encourages voters who want to vote in person to try to do so on an early day rather than waiting until election day to help with social distancing and generally avoid crowds.

If you have traditionally received an absentee ballot, you will NOT receive two ballots. Your Vote By Mail ballot should be the one and only ballot you receive.

If you have any additional questions, the elections office welcomes them. Contact them directly at (805) 781-5080.


  

 

The above photo was taken around 2007. The store changed owners in February of 2014, Jan. 1, 2016, and again March 2020. The latest iteration includes a completely renovated interior and the opening of a community market complete with fresh produce, dairy, locals wines, beer, snacks and treats as well as a deli counter offering daily specials and local favorites.

Creston Area Calendar of Events


November 13 - Creston Drive-Through Spaghetti Feast, a benefit for Creston Women's Club programs! Leave your Friday night cooking to Creston Women's Club. Order by November 8, pick up at the drive-up outside Creston Community Center between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13. $15/plate or $50/family of four gets you a pile of pasta, homemade sauce, homemade meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dressing and even home-baked cookies. Order your dinner online at CrestonWomensClub.org or call (805) 610-1517 to pay by cash or check. ALL DINNER ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 8 so our shopping elves, cooks and servers can dish it all up on feast night!

Recurring:
Creston Women's Club - 7 p.m. first Monday of the month, Creston Women's Club trailer on Creston Community Center Grounds, 5110 Swayze Road.

Friends of Creston Library - 11:30 a.m. second Thursday at Creston Library, 6285 Adams Street.

Creston Advisory Body - 7 p.m. third Wednesday at Creston Community Church, 5170 O'Donovan Road.

Creston Garden Club - third Thursdays - locations vary. Details: (805) 226-9489

If you would like your event advertised on this site, or if you have anything to contribute, or if you have suggestions, drop us an e-mail.

  If you have any concerns about the reopening of our county, please e-mail Supervisor Debbie Arnold or Supervisor John Peschong.


  NEWSFLASH : ALL CRESTON LIBRARY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL further notice and the library is closed. As of October 20, the county lists the Atascadero Library as open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Curbside services have been ended.

Creston Community Center has been a collective dream for over 25 years and is coming into its own thanks to the generosity of members of our community. C.A.T.C.H. is a nonprofit organization that works to raise funds for, find grants, develop projects and organize use of the community centers. In addition to community donors and local clubs that contribute to this effort are two important granting agencies here in San Luis Obispo County, namely The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County who awarded CATCH a Build Grant and San Luis Obispo County which has awarded CATCH Beautification and Infrastructure Grants in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Together, these grants have allowed the CATCH Fund to pave exterior walkways, construct a large, concrete patio with a metal shade structure that will be used by the community for events, celebrations and fundraisers of all types. The CATCH Board's first event to make use of their new metal shade cover and patio was the annual Halloween celebration sponsored to local families free of charge by the Creston Women's Club and the Creston Garden Club. Kids and families come to "town" ( 9 square blocks) to grab a hot dog, baked goods, and candy at the decorated Community Center while socializing with friends and neighbors and admiring each other's costumes. They then head off to circumnavigate the "tiny town" of Creston and "Trick or Treat."

DID YOU KNOW THE GARDEN CLUB  HAS AN AREA INSIDE  THE COMMUNITY  VOLUNTEER  GARDEN  WHERE CELEBRATION - MEMORIAL - HONOR  TYPE ENGRAVED  BRICKS ARE  INSTALLED ?  It is located at the main entrance, around the three birch trees that are in a huge raised planter! Anyone can personalize a brick and help support the Community Garden Club which uses proceeds to maintain and improve our gorgeous community garden, the only real "park" located here in our Creston area. Applications to create a personal brick are right there at the entrance to the Garden - which is located on Swayze Street, next to the rodeo grounds and Creston Communitiy Center. For more info, call Judy at 805-226-9489. The cost for three lines is $75.  I am guessing that there are over 50 bricks in that area so far. Ann Spencer, the founder of this site, has purchased two of them - one to honor dear friends and one to remember her beloved BLM mustangs.

The Creston Advisory Body meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month inside the Church Sanctuary. Check out their web site for details  (see Links/Contacts page ) and the Bulletin Board for the agenda that is posted 3 days before their meeting. The agenda is also posted inside the local Library! All sorts of reports are given, such as law enforcement calls for services, fire department activity, SLO County District 5 representative report, etc. If you have any questions, check out their informative web site.
   
For those of you new to Creston, the library is open on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 7  pm, Thursdays noon - 6 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m.  - 4 p.m. You can order whatever you want (books, CDs  , DVDs, VHS movies, documentaries, pretty much ANY  magazine, etc.) by logging on to www.slolibrary.org and placing your order. Items are shipped to the Creston Library for pick up during regular hours.  Also, did you know that you can download a book to your electronic device right  inside the Library? And lastly, there is free WiFi right outside the Library,  24/7/365!

   The local Friends of the Creston Library meets at  11:30 am on the Second Thursday each month. Lots of exciting activities at the Library!  Several local residents have been creating the landscape in the back yard complete with loads of flowers, a cherry tree, bird bath, daffodils, irises and picnic tables.  Thank you to Brooke for installing the fantastic new drip irrigation system!

Creston Classic Rodeo
is an annual fundraising event that, for a quarter century, has supported charitable needs and organizations in our community. The Rodeo Board also awards scholarships to students throughout San Luis Obispo County. For details and sponsorship opportunities, please visit their web site. For sponsorship information, call or e-mail Mike at 408-887-4590  jnucko@gmail.com. The deadline for sponsorships is Sept. 3rd.  CrestonNews.org is a sponsor. Their mailing address - if you wish to make a donation - is P.O. Box 121, Creston CA 93432

If your club has an activity that you would like to post here, please e-mail us here. Thanks!

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